Shawwal 22,1436/ August 07, 2015

Friday Bulletin

Issue No. 640

The Weekly Muslim News Update

Work closely with Muslims,
govt told

astleigh community leaders have called
upon the government to work closely with
community leaders in eradicating radicalization and extremism among young people in
the country.
The leaders asked the government to address
the challenge of unemployment among the youth
who are most vulnerable to be lured into joining
criminal groups.
Speaking during the end of a month-long peace
awareness seminar, Eastleigh community activist Ahmed Muhammad said dangerous organized criminal gangs such as ‘super power’ have
emerged in Eastliegh and that if swift measures
are not taken to address the matter, majority of
the youth will be recruited into join such groups.
“We have youth in Eastleigh who have gone
into organized gangs such as ‘super power’ and
‘sitaki kujua’ we need to stop them from joining
radicalized groups. They are now carrying knives
to mug people what will stop them from carrying
guns in the future” he noted.
Ahmed faulted the government for not making
its presence felt in anti-radicalization campaigns

such as peace forums organized by local
youth noting that government needs to support efforts of Muslim leaders in eliminating
the threat of extremism.
“We don’t have a government representative
in this forum, who should be here to assist in
educating our youth on dangers of joining extremist groups,” he added.
Addressing the forum organized by the Peaceand Awarenes Youth (PAY) group, the Muslim
Human Rights Forum (MHRF) Chairman Al
Amin Kimathi urged government to rehabilitate the affected youth and integrate them
back into the society in order to make them
less vulnerable and susceptible to been lured
into extremist groups.
He emphasized on the need for the government to change tack and stop taking hard-line
approaches in the fight against terrorism and
instead engage communities into development programmes.
“It is fact that organized criminal gangs can
easily become terrorist groups. It is time to address such an issue to make them productive

members of the society. These
groups of youth need to be tutored to have a positive focus and
only be succeed if the government
could organize for them entrepreneurship programmes to give
them livelihood,” he said
Al Amin further criticized the proposed KDF Amendment Bill 2015
saying it is a dangerous Bill that
will lead to grave human rights
violations and make Kenya a military state.
He said the Bill is meant to expand military powers and will
further propagate extrajudicial
killings and historical injustices in
the country such as the Wagalla
massacre of 1984.
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Uganda releases
detained Kenyans

Three Kenyans detained by
Ugandan authorities have been
They gained their liberty following
calls from Muslim leaders to the
government to take up the matter
and ensure justice for its citizens.
The detainees were relatives of
Kenyan rendition victims who for
the last five years have been in
detention on allegation of involvement in the 2010 bombing in the
neighboring country.
Thirty-year-old Jaffar Ali a brother
to Muhammad Ali a renditioned
Kenyan and Anwar Awadh a
young sibling to Omar Awadh
aslo renditioned were arrested a
month ago after attending a court
session where the rendition suspects are facing trial.
The mother of Omar Awadh was
also arrested after she followed
up detention of her son.
While the Ugandan authorities
accused the duo for spying activiDr. Muhammad Salah the RAF executive director shares a word with a graduand during the
ties, no evidence was presented
second graduation event of Raf Internation University at the South C campus last Saturday.
nor were they charged for the peLooking is the Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow (centre) and the university Chancellor Dr. Muriod of incarceration.
hammad Osman. Seventy students graduated after completing degree programmes in Sharia
(Islamic law) and education.
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Terrorism: Court vindicates Pumwani mosque official
His arrest formed the reason
for the closing down of the
section of Parliament road after accusations that he was involved in plans by Al Shabaab
militants to blow up the August
Ali Abdulmajid Ahmed, the vice
chairman of the Pumwani Riyadha Mosque in Pumwani,
Nairobi is now a free man after
the courts cleared him of the
charges which saw him detained for three weeks.
Nairobi resident magistrate
Eddah Agade ordered his release after the prosecution
failed to press charges against
him. She also directed a refund of his Sh100, 000 cash
bail while the police were ordered to return his confiscated
“I feel vindicated and I thank
Allah for his blessings and
mercies," he said soon after
his release.
The hansard editor at the Senate maintained that he is a law
abiding citizen and contrary to
the allegations, he has been
involved in activities in the Majengo area to dissuade youth
to join criminal groups.
Ali is a Senate employee and
his name had earlier featured
in a 2011 UN Monitoring report
which accused him of having
links with the Somalia based
militant group. He strenuously

Ali Abdulmajid and Ibrahim Yongo an official of the Pumwani Riyadha mosque offer prayers outside the Milimani
law courts.

denied the charges and in an open letter to the former Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere, he asking him to conduct
investigations over the allegations contained in the report
which he said would prove his innocence.
The mosque committee also called on the former InspectorGeneral of Police David Kimaiyo, to carry out investigations
about the mosque following reports that it was a centre for
terrorism related activities. “We have opened our doors to
the police to come and investigate the mosque or any of our
members. We have nothing to hide and we don’t support terrorists or terror activities,” the letter read in part.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow hailed the release saying
that the courts have finally vindicated him. “It is the usual
profiling and harassment by the state to create fear,” he said
as he dismissed the UN report which also accused number
prominent Muslim leaders as financiers for the militant group.
Hi arrest on April 25 followed a communiqué from the Central
OCPD Paul Wanjama that he was to serve as the linkman to
attack Parliament.

Open Garissa University College- Garissa leaders
Elected leaders from Garissa county have
urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and education cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi
to reopen Garissa University College as a
show of resilience against terrorism.
The institution was closed following the terror attack by Al Shabaab militants on April 2
where 147 people mostly students lost their
Describing the university as ‘the pride of
North Eastern’ Garissa county governor
Nathif Jama said his administration is willing to supplement efforts by the national
government to secure the institution and
fast tracts its reopening.
“We demand the reopening of the university
and adequate security to all institutions and
government installations. Security is the responsibility of the national government but
as the county government we have shown
willingness to cooperate with them where
possible,” Nathif said.
Speaking in Garissa town during the end of
a four day arts and cultural event in honour
of victims of the deadly attack, the governor
said his administration will spend Sh 200m
to beef up security at the institution to se-

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cure the students and the staff.
On her part, the Garissa county Women Representative Shukran Gure emphasized on the importance of reopening the campus as the only
public university serving the entire North Eastern
region. She said the region will be safer if the
borders along Somalia are secured and runaway
corruption dealt with.
Speaking at a separate function, Lagdera MP
Muhammad Shidiye regretted that the institution
is seen as a Somali University and not a Kenyan university pointing out that by failing to reopen the campus, government will be sending a
wrong signal that it has surrendered the region to
Al Shabaab militants.
“Why was Westgate mall reopened and not
Garissa University College, why? We must open
that University to send a signal that we are united
against terrorism” he said at Jamia Mosque last
week during an event to combat against negative
The MP further accused Kaimenyi of being incapable of executing his duties as the education CS and urged him to resign for failing to find
lasting solution to the crisis of teachers that has
paralyzed the education sector in the region.

Detained Kenyans
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Last week, Muslim leaders during a
press conference at Jamia Mosque
complained of indifference from
the government on the plight of its
citizens facing injustice in a foreign
“It is absurd for the government to
neglect the plight of its citizens and
leave them to rot in Ugandan jails.
The government should act and ensure that their rights are protected,”
said the National Muslim Leader Forum (NAMLEF) vice chairman Yusuf
Eight Kenya are currently facing
trial alongside other Ugandans for
involved in the bombing which left
more than 70 people dead in the
worst terrorist attack in the country
which was claimed by the Somalia
based Al Shabbab claimed responsibility.
The Kenyans have maintained their
innocence and Muslim leaders have
on several occasions called on the
government to bring them back
home as they were illegally spirited
out of the country by the country’s
security organs.

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“This is one of the most dangerous
piece of legislation Kenyans have
witnessed and it should not be allowed into law. It will militarize internal security and turned the country
into a military state. Civilians, Muslims, minorities, everyone will bear
the brunt if it is enacted into law,” he
If enacted into law, the Bill will give
authority to the Chief of the Defence
Forces to deploy KDF in civilian operations and also increase the role of
KDF in internal security.
The bill abolishes requirement for
KDF to advertise slots as per counties. It also insulates KDF operations, including appropriation of its
budget and functions, from public
scrutiny by denying Parliament the
oversight role.
It allows court martial to try civilian
suspects and the KDF to pacify the
kind of court a suspect can be referred to.
Among other provisions, the Bill also
envisages establishment of an auxiliary reserve force comprising Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya
Forest Service (KFS) and National
Youth Service (NYS) to serve alongside the KDF.

The Friday Bulletin

Khurram Murad
Maintaining a joyful disposition
Allah wants us to enjoy ourselves not only
in the Hereafter but also in this world. Allah
tells us in the Quran to pray for both 'the
good in this world and the good in the Hereafter'(2:201).Additionally the Quran speaks
extensively about the enjoyment of life: 'O
children of Adam! Wear your beautiful apparel at every time and place of prayer Eat
and drink but waste not by excess, for Allah
loves not wasters. Say: 'who has forbidden
the beautiful gifts of Allah which He has
produced for His servants and the things
clean and pure which He has provided for
sustenance'(7:30-301).And again, 'O you
who believe! Make not unlawful the good
things Allah has made lawful to you. But
commit no excess, for Allah does not like
those given to excess. Eat of the things
which Allah has provided you, lawful and
good, but fear Allah, in whom you believe'
(4: 86-88).
Surprising as it may seem to some of us,
the Prophet not only accepted jokes; he
also told them himself, he was cheerful
and possessed an easygoing character.
He was always smiling at his Companions
and enjoyed their conversations. He also
possessed a very keen sense of humor.
But, his jokes were more of a philosophical nature, never inappropriate and always
true. For example, once an old lady went
to the Prophet and asked whether after her
death she would enter Paradise or not. To
this the Prophet replied, 'No old woman
would enter heaven'. On hearing this, the
woman was naturally very sad. 'Then, what
is the reward for them?' she asked. The
Prophet relieved her anxiety by saying, 'All
old people will be made young before they
enter Paradise.'
Relaxing your mind
From the analysis above, it should be clear
that Islam does not expect of any individual
that he should spend all his leisure time in
the mosque or at home and should listen to
nothing but recitation of the Quran, or for
that matter, be engaged in exclusively 'religious' pursuits. Rather, it recognizes that
we are human beings, so that, as we eat
and drink, and also need to relax and enjoy
Relaxation is not at odds with piety and
dignity. The Prophet prayed and engaged
in worship more than anyone, but he also
enjoyed good things, smiled and joked.
Indeed, in his prayers he would beseech
Allah for the good things of this world.
Relaxing the mind also has the additional
benefit of resting and rejuvenating the body
so that when we eventually return to fulfill out various obligations, we will be more
focused and ready Aliibn Abu Talib once
said: 'Minds get tired, so do bodies, so treat
them with humor' and 'Refresh your minds
from time to time, for a tired mind becomes
blind'. Another Companion of the Prophet,
Abu Darda said: 'I entertain my heart with
something trivial in order to make it stronger in the service of the truth'.
As we have highlighted before, the ap-


Islam - The easy way
proach of the Prophet to life's activities was
always a balanced one. As devoted as he
was in his personal worship, he was quick
to indicate to his followers that the path
of Islam is the way of moderation. Thus,
when he heard that one of his attendants
was continuously fasting during the day
and spending the entire night in prayer, he
remarked: 'In every deed [of action] there
is a peak followed by lassitude. He who, in
his lassitude, follows my Sunnah [the part
of moderation] is on the right path, but he
who, in his lassitude, follows another [guidance] has [erred and] gone astray [from the
straight path Allah has revealed]' (al Bazzaz)
Making Islam easy for others
In sharing the message of Islam with people the Prophet was advised in the Quran:
'It is part of the mercy of Allah that you
deal gently with them If you were severe
or hardhearted, they would have broken
away from you' (3: 159). Thus, when the
Prophet sent his Companions Mu'adh and
Abu Musa to teach Islam to the people of
Yemen, he gave them the following advice:
'Facilitate [religious matters to people] and
do not make [things] difficult. Obey each
other and do not differ [amongst yourselves].' (Bukhariand Muslim).
On other occasions he also said: 'This
Deen or way of life is easy'; 'Make it easy,
don't make it difficult; 'Let people rejoice in
being Muslims and not run away from it'
and 'Cheerfulness towards other people,
even a smile is a sadaqah or charity to be
rewarded by Allah'.
Moreover, a person-in seeking to purify
himself and further develop his God-consciousness-may choose to place greater
demands of worship upon himself, but this
in no way means that he has the right to
impose or force the same on others, and
thereby, unconsciously alienate them from
The Prophet exemplified this in his own
life because he used to prolong the Salat
whenever he was alone, but he would
shorten it whenever he led others in Salah.
Regarding this he said: 'Whoever among
you leads the people in Salat, he should
shorten it, for amongst them are the weak,
the old, and the one who has business to
attend to. And if anyone among you performs Salat alone, he may then prolong
[Salat] as much as he wishes'(Bukhari).
Similarly, 'Umar Ibn al Khattab emphasized
that creating unnecessary difficulties for
people may well have the effect of leading
them away from Allah, rather than making
them better Muslims. He advised: 'Do not
make Allah hateful to His servants by leading people in Salat and so prolonging it that
they come to hate what they are doing'
Ease versus hardship
To say, however, that Islam is easy and not
'difficult', is not to imply that Muslims will
not face 'hardship'-and here the two terms
must be distinguished. Indeed, although
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the whole purpose of the trial is to make
manifest the degree to which an individual
is steadfast (and hence sincere) in his submission to Allah- and this is precisely what
is indicated by the Quranic verse: 'And We
will most certainly test you with something
of fear and hunger, and loss of possessions and lives and crops' (2:155).
Notwithstanding these trials however, we
can find ease in this world and the next.
But, this will be so only if we are firm in
our faith in Allah and follow the course prescribed by Islam, as He Himself has declared: 'But give good news to those who
are patient, who, when a calamity strikes
them, say: 'Indeed we belong to God and
indeed to Him we shall be returning: They
are those on whom are blessings from their
Sustainer, and mercy-and those, they are
the rightly-guided. (2: 155-157).

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The Friday Bulletin

Sadaf Farooqi

Shawwal 22,1436/ August 07, 2015

Why am I still not married? The silver lining of being single

I remember the chagrin and inner turmoil of
being single and hopeful of marriage, back
during my early twenties!
Even after almost a decade of marriage, I
still vividly remember the constant rollercoaster of emotions that the heart experiences every time a marriage proposal is
One thinks: Is this the one?
Will this family/person be my future spouse/
Sometimes the marriage negotiation process painstakingly goes on for months,
only to culminate in nothing. Up go one’s
dreams, hopes and aspirations about the
future into thin air! Once again, it is back to
square one.
Whether a young, single Muslim is a man
or woman, if they are ardently desirous of
completing half their Deen, the anguish
and frustration (including sexual angst)
they feel whenever another year of their life
passes by without any impending nuptials
on the horizon is, contrary to gender-discriminating cultural myths, similarly disconcerting and unnerving.
Wherever in the world they might be, as
the years pass and the number of fruitless
marriage proposals grows, the singleton
might begin to feel despondent and worn
down by this trial of patience in their quest
of completing half their Deen.
So what should one tell a young forlorn
wannabe bride or groom when they justifiably ask: “Why am I still unmarried?”
First of all: There is nothing wrong with
Although self-confidence is, admittedly,
an effective catalyst in finding a spouse,
believe me when I tell you that you are
not ugly, weird, unattractive, or unworthy
of marriage! Allah created the beautiful,
unique you, and if He decrees it, someone
out there will agree to marry you just the
way you are.
So do not despair of Allah’s mercy, and
remain positive that someone out there
will like you and agree to marry you,
insha’Allah. Even if you begin to believe
that being short, overweight, shy or acneskinned is a negative thing going against
your favor in the marriage market, it is not,
because a certain criteria of looks or education is not a pre-requisite for marriage,
contrary to what older people might say.
Look around you at recently married or
even older couples. Are all of them very
good looking? Don’t both of the partners
seem to have at least one physical defect
or blemish? Does everyone you know in
your social circle, who recently got married, look like they stepped off a fashion
You will find a wide variety of “real couples” who break every stereotype in the
book (and please, refrain from looking at
celebrity couples and famous people!):
husbands who are shorter than their wives;
wives who are older than their husbands;
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ingly functional; infertile couples who are
very happily married; men who are in love
with their plus-size or dark-skinned wives;
wives who are more educated than their
husbands; the list is endless.
Never let others make you feel that if you
are thirty-something and still not married, it
is because either there is something wrong
with you, or because Allah has decreed for
you to forever remain single.
Divine wisdom behind perceived “Delays” in marriage
In a world that is increasingly pressurizing everyone, from babies and children
to adults, to achieve their personal milestones in life as early as possible, a righteous and single Muslim who is in his or her
late twenties, thirties or forties might find
themselves the target of unwarranted social stigmatization and cruel speculation:
“Why doesn’t anyone take a liking to her?
Do you think she intimidates suitors because she is over-educated?”
“Do you think there is magic involved?
Should we visit a spiritual specialist to find
“Maybe he is socially awkward? Or could
it be that big bald spot on his head that
chases proposals away?”
Unless a single person is outright opposed
to the idea of marriage for personal reasons, most of us tend to forget the natural
law/principle that applies universally: everyone is different, and they come into this
world with a different, unique, preordained
So, while most young people, Muslim or
not, are able to find a spouse and get married in their teens or twenties, there is no
unspoken or written rule that lays down a
certain prerequisite age-range for the union, beyond which it supposedly becomes
impossible for a person to marry, and be
written off as “off the market”.
Marriage can take place at any age in life,
even at 50 or 60, as Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him) and many of his companions practically demonstrated.
It is also a fact that marriage will not happen within the first 2 or 3 decades of life for
every one of us. So we should give more
leeway and refrain from making blanket,
generalized statements about our older,
single brothers and sisters.
Becoming mature and responsible
enough first
It is not that God is not answering your
du’as. Maybe He has already accepted
your du’as for marriage with a righteous
person, but it will actually happen practically after a few more years, when it is best
and easiest for you to enter this sacred union with that person.
One of the main reasons why God might
be delaying your marriage is to reach certain level of physical, intellectual, financial
and emotional maturity. He knows everything about you that even you do not know,
which is called ‘the Unseen’, or “ghaib” in

Maybe He knows that were you to marry
right now, within three months as you wish
to, you will not succeed at married life because you are still too mentally immature,
emotionally insecure, or financially unstable.
Maybe God is actually being kind towards
you by delaying your marriage until the
time is best - and surely none can know
what He knows, for He sees ahead in our
hidden futures - so rest assured, it doesn’t
matter in the long run if you get married at
25 or 35, as long as it is a happy, productive and loving marriage, to the right person, who becomes your pillar of support in
Deen and accelerates your quest for success in the Hereafter.
Da’wah experience and acquisition of
There are some blessings and experiences
in life that are more time dependent than
others to be availed optimally e.g. seeking
Islamic knowledge, which is best done in
the early years of one’s life, when the brain
and memory work better, and a person is
more mentally alert and active.
Seeking Islamic knowledge can become
more difficult after one takes on the responsibilities of marriage on one’s shoulders. This is because your spouse and children have Shar’i rights upon you, because
of which you cannot tear yourself away
from them for too long in order to devote
yourself to seeking and imparting knowledge full-time.
Perhaps God wants you to seek more
knowledge and engage in more active
da’wah work before you settle down in
married life. These precious years of your
youth will never return, and insha’Allah,
decades down the road, a more mature
and wise you will cherish, like a priceless
gem, every year of experience that you
acquired in the fields of Islamic knowledge
and da’wah before getting married.
Perhaps, later on, you might even thank
God for giving you the free time and opportunity to gain knowledge of Islam before tying the knot, after practically witnessing the
numerous benefits of applying that fruitful
knowledge to your married life later on.
Better than early divorce
Many young people get married very early,
only to get quickly divorced for a variety of
reasons, emerging from the whole experience bitter and emotionally hurt, with painful marks on their psyche that take a long
time to heal.
Many who have a child from such a marriage have to endure acrimonious feuds
with their exes over child custody and alimony, and thenceforth face the challenges
of being a single parent. They are left with
many regrets, many painful memories, and
much disdain if not outright hatred towards
the institution of marriage in general. It often takes young divorcés several years to
heal from their first bad experience, and become mentally ready to get married again.
It could be that your being single, which is
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Shawwal 22,1436/ August 07, 2015

Muslim Youth: Get strong if you’ve to be different
Selma Cook
As Muslims living in the modern world we
have to interact. Today is not a time for
isolation. The world needs good people to
step up and make a stand, have a voice
and be a power of good, and as individuals
our faith increases when we live Islam, not
just talk about it.
This means obtaining an education, finding
a career, doing voluntary work and mixing
with the people who come our way. However, this does not mean simply soaking up
the attitudes and behavior of those around
us. Everything has its limits and in life, we
have to know ours.
Once we realize that our role is to be part
of what is happening around us, we have
taken the first step. If there is harm or injustice we have to do our best to remove it
and help make a change.
How to be positive?
If there is poverty we have to give. If there
is ignorance we have to advise. And at all
times we have to be patient, friendly, sincere and God-fearing. We do not live in a
perfect world and it is obvious that there
will be times when we will meet with ridicule, and even hostility.
Unfortunately, this kind of behavior even
happens within the Muslim community, especially if we are campaigning against cultural attitudes and behavior.
What should we do? First, we have to keep
our course. We can do this if we know ourselves; what we are trying to do and why
we are doing it. Second, we have to recognize when our efforts are fruitless and be
able to humbly and kindly just walk away.
Third, if we have another chance to return
to our endeavor, we should jump at the
Follow almighty Allah's orders
Being a Muslim in today’s world takes courage, insight and perseverance. Sometimes
we may be tempted to give in a little and
compromise but the Muslim who is close to
Almighty Allah will immediately recognize
that this thinking takes him far from Allah
the Almighty and hence, losing the light of
faith and insight.
Some things should never be compromised. A Muslim should not lie, steal or
harm others. We should never manipulate
others, be corrupt or come near to adultery
and we should steer clear of drugs and
alcohol and all dangerous substances. If
we do things that Allah the Almighty has
prohibited us to do, we only damage ourselves, for the Creator in His mercy has
outlined what is good for us and what is
not. We are the losers if we bypass His
wise and loving legislation.
Sometimes we will meet people we really like and want to spend time with them.
These people may or may not be good
for us and we have to be sensitive to the
changes that occur within ourselves when
we are around certain people. If we have
the habit of looking honestly at ourselves
and what we have done each day when we

go to sleep at night, we will see the influence of others on us; either in a positive or
a negative way.
If our goal is to draw closer to Almighty
Allah and be a better person, we will automatically pull away from people who,
consciously or unconsciously, are trying to
take us away from Him. So we should be
aware and sensitive and make the necessary moves when they are obvious to us.
True advice!
Sometimes the people in our life like family
and friends; those who love us most of all,
will advise us. The advice of a true friend is
precious because it comes from a sincere
heart. Therefore, we should listen to what
they say without being overly sensitive.
This takes great inner strength and control
over our desires.
Sometimes we will find ourselves with people that we would like to impress. However, there may come a time when they will
push us to do or say something we know
deep down is wrong. This is a big temptation and especially if we really like these
people and value their opinion about us.
At such times, we have to ask ourselves
who we love more; Almighty Allah or these

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people. Who will come to our aid if we are
in need? Them or Allah the Almighty? Who
gave us all we have, and is always there for
us? Them or Almighty Allah? The answers
are obvious. It is Allah the Almighty who
deserves our love and obedience, so if we
have to make the choice, always choose
Almighty Allah. He, in His mercy, may very
well send us people that we will love even
more than these!
The importance of patience
Life continues, grows, develops and unfolds with patience. Without patience there
will be much hesitation, uncertainty and
obstacles that cannot be overcome. Patience does not mean sitting around doing
nothing, and waiting for Almighty Allah to
fix everything for us.
Patience means making a course of action
for ourselves after asking Almighty Allah’s
guidance, then sticking to it and persevering no matter what. That means, persevering regardless of what people might say
or do. Patience undoes the most difficult
problems and complex dilemmas.
Patience is indeed a sign of strength and it
fortifies us when we have to make a stand
and keep to the course we have made for

The silver lining of being single

a painful trial of patience in your eyes, is a
blessing in disguise that is acting as a barrier between you and worse calamities and
adversities. Perhaps all your earnest du’as
for getting married, about which you might
be wondering why they are not being answered by God, are actually averting from
you graver problems and pitfalls that you
are not even aware of.
Perhaps your single status is a great blessing, but in a way that only God knows, and
you know not.
So rejoice that you are still single and desirous of getting married; that you are not
a bitter divorcé who is sexually frustrated
yet adamant about never getting married
Increase in humility
Do you remember an “alpha” boy or girl
in your school or college, who was undeniably good-looking, inexplicably popular,
and always in-demand with the opposite
gender? Everyone in your class was probably convinced that he or she would be the
first to get married, based on the number of
proposals that came their way throughout
high school and college.
I can think of at least two such girls I was
acquainted with back in my student days,
who were unanimously considered the
most desirable for marriage among our lot,
and the rest of us girls presumed, sighing
with wishful, self-depreciating conviction,
that they’d be the first to tie the knot.
Yet, that didn’t happen. As the years
passed, the bitter disappointment that
these ‘alpha’ young women felt about their

continuing single status was exacerbated
by the fact that many of their peers who
were considered apparently less attractive
and “worthy” than them got married first,
and that too to decent, nice men who kept
them happy.
The wisdom behind this decree? By the
time these good-lookers actually did tie the
knot, they were much more humble and
less full of themselves. A welcome landing
back down on earth! The lesson that we
all can learn from this apparent disparity in
A delay in marriage increases one’s humility, and makes one more down-to-earth and
approachable by others. It also ensures
that one constantly keeps turning to Allah
in earnest du’as - which is something that
Allah loves about His slaves!
Conclusion: Blessings received after
hardship are cherished more
The more one waits for, works hard for,
and remains patient for acquiring a blessing, the more one cherishes it after one receives it.
The fatally ill person who gets miraculously
cured will live cautiously once he becomes
healthy. The pauper will spend his money
wisely once he becomes wealthy. The child
deprived of education will value knowledge
more when he grows up. So, too, will the
older single person cherish their marriage,
spouse and children more, once they get
And by then these precious blessings will
be so much more worth the wait!

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The Friday Bulletin

Shawwal 22,1436/ August 07, 2015

Muslims being 'erased' from CAR

Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic
(CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing of
Muslims in a bid to erase the community
from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said.
Discussing a report, entitled "Erased identity: Muslims in ethnically cleansed areas
of the Central African Republic," Joanne
Mariner, a senior crisis response adviser at
the UK-based organization, told Al Jazeera
that Muslims in the western half of the
country were being repressed and forced
to abandon their religion.
More than 30,000 Muslims are living in
seven enclaves, guarded by UN troops,
across the country, but for those living outside, especially in rural areas, they are being targeted with impunity, the report found.
"They not allowed to express themselves
as Muslims; if they are outside the enclaves, they cannot pray, dress in any way
that identifies them as Muslim," Mariner
"Their survival depends on a daily routine
of negotiation with anti-Balaka fighters."
Mariner said that many had been forced
convert to Christianity or face persecution
from the community
More than one million people have been
displaced since Muslim-led Seleka rebels
took control of Bangui, the capital, in March
Following a spate of abuses by the Seleka
rebels, vigilante groups known as anti-Balaka (anti-machete) emerged to fight off the
new leadership.
But the anti-Balaka, made up of animist
and Christian fighters, also targeted the
country's Muslim minority, seen as sympathetic to the Seleka.
Amnesty's report, based on a series of interviews with residents across CAR, says
militias "unleashed a violent wave of ethnic cleansing aimed at forcing Muslims to
leave the country".
"The continued insecurity and threat from
the anti-Balaka comes from there being an
absence of a state," Mariner said.
Though violence in CAR has tapered off
since late 2014, the country remains largely insecure.
The collapse of the state apparatus and the
fragility of the transitional government have
left parts of the country to the mercy of militia groups in the hinterlands.
Concerns remain that despite the perceived calm, the root causes of the crisis
have yet to be addressed.
Amnesty's report comes just days after the
International Rescue Committee said CAR
"needs a new start, or it will become the
case study of a failed state".
Destruction of Mosques
In April, a US envoy said that almost all of
the 436 mosques in CAR have been destroyed in the violence. Samantha Power,
US ambassador to the UN, called the dev-

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astation "kind of crazy, chilling".
Amnesty said in Friday's report that none of
the mosques outside Bangui, and the town
of Carnot, have been repaired or rebuilt.
One of the "clearest signs of the intensity
of sectarian animus was the destruction of
the country's mosques", the organization
More than 6,000 people have been killed
since the crisis began in March 2013.
"The key challenge is a lack of security.
The government understands they have a
long way to go [but] they need to be able to
assert control over these far flung areas,"
Mariner said.
The International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) said this week that more
than 1,000 people were still looking for their
loved ones, a year after being separated
from them during the wave of violence."In
this part of the country, very few families

have been spared the pain and uncertainty
of being separated from loved ones," Scott
Doucet, head of the ICRC sub-delegation
for the west of the country, said.
The UN says that that 2.7 million people,
more than half the population, are still in
need of aid, while 1.5 million people were
affected by food insecurity.
The global body's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says humanitarian needs continue to exceed resources
Meanwhile Doctors without Borders (MSF)
has previously described the country to be
in a state of a protracted chronic health
CAR has been led by a transitional government since January 2014. The country is
scheduled to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on October 18.
(Al Jazeera)

Zakah benefits Isiolo and Marsabit residents
A Sh4 million Zakah fund
has benefited residents
of Isiolo and Marasabit
counties who were facilitated with income generating projects.
The initiative by the Isiolo
based Najdah Organization for Relief and Development saw a total of 116
with start off business enterprise schemes which
included 36 motorcycles,
Mpesa shops, livestock
and other small scale
“This programme aims at
eradicating poverty and
youth and women through
Sheikh Muhiddin Sambul
the chief executive officer
of the organization.
During the launch of the
programme, the Isiolo
governor Godana Doyo
lauded the initiative while

Isiolo governor Godana Doyo is given a ride on a motorcycle by a beneficiary of the Zakah fun.

emphasizing on the need to economically empower the less
fortunate members of the society to improve on their welfare.
Zakat is the fourth pillar of Islam refers to the fixed proportion collected from the surplus wealth and earnings of Muslims which is then distributed to prescribed beneficiaries to
improve on their welfare.

Kisumu to host Muslim women convention tomorrow
Muslim women from across the country are
set to meet in Kisumu County for a two-day
annual convention which opens tomorrow.
The event organized by the Kisumu based
Sisters With A Mission (SWAM) Muslim Development group will be held at Al
Mu'uminun Integrated School grounds adjacent to Kisumu Jamia Mosque.
Over 400 Muslim women participants and
10 Muslim scholars and Imams drawn from
different parts of the country will be among
dignitaries to grace the occasion that will
end on Sunday.
The theme of the convention is''Islam is the

true liberation of a Muslim woman''.
During the convention,the leaders will
speak on issues promoting the development of Muslim women, education, interfaith relations as well as the various challenges facing the Muslim community such
as the threat posed by terrorism and radicalization.
''We want to see unity,cooperation and
peace among Muslim women in the country while at the same time address challenges faced by vulnerable Muslim women
and girls in their pursuit for education'',said
the chair-lady Rehema Akidah.

The Friday Bulletin


Shawwal 22,1436/ August 07, 2015

ID issuance in Lamu to kickoff
After more than a year of waiting, Lamu residents can breathe a sigh of relief following
the announcement that the issuance of national identity card is set to begin this month.
The government suspended the Issuance
of ID cards last year following the attacks
in Mpeketoni by Al Shabaab militants where
over 60 people were killed.
According to Lamu county registrar of persons Shem Matiku the exercise will commence on the 17th August and preparations
for the exercise are underway.
The official further explained that residents
will be subjected to various vetting procedures as stringent measures are been taken
to ensure that only genuine Lamu residents
get the document.
“We shall need area chiefs to proof the ages
and other details of applicants during the vetting process. Applicants will further be subjected to vetting by divisional vetting committee, the same applies to those wishing to
replace lost ID cards,” he said.
Local leaders led by county governor IssaTimamy have been calling on the government
to issue local youth the document and threat-

NE, Coast report least
cases of domestic abuse
Women in North Eastern and Coast are least
likely to suffer from domestic violence this is
according to a survey.
The study by the Institute of Economic
Affairs,a public policy Think Tank revealed
that cases of domestic abuse against both
sexes in the two regions are minimal compared to other parts of the country.
North Eastern Kenya recorded the least
cases of domestic violence against women
at under 8 per cent followed by coast region
which had 19.2 percent. The study also indicated that men in these areas are also least
likely to suffer from gender based violence.
The study conducted in conjunction with Nation Media Group NewsPlex project ranked
Western region top at 36.6 per cent of women likely to be battered followed by Nyanza
at 33.5 per cent and Nairobi at 34.5 per cent.
The regions also lead the way in domestic
violence against both genders.
“40.7 per cent of women have experienced
domestic violence in their lifetime as compared with 10.9 per cent of men. This shows
that among men and women of the same
ages, women are 3.7 times more likely to
have suffered from domestic abuse” said the
executive director of the Institute of Economic Affairs Kwame Owino.
The findings also showed that women in
highest earning bracket are least vulnerable
to gender based violence and those who did
not complete their primary school are most
vulnerable to domestic abuse.
The study further revealed that women aged
between 25 and 29 years are most vulnerable to domestic abuse followed by those
aged 20 and 24 years. Further, men residing in Nairobi and other important towns are
more likely to be battered than those living in
rural areas.

ened take legal action against the government.
They argued that the government is marginalizing the youth since without the vital document, they are unable to secure employment
opportunities and enroll in higher educational
institutions to further their studies.
Meanwhile the Nubian Muslim community in
Kibera has decried rampant discrimination of
Muslim youth by the government in the issuance of identity cards.
The community through the Nubian Human
Rights Forum has threatened to sue the government and the attorney general’s office if
the youth in the area continue to be discriminated.
The Forum Chairman Shaffie Ali said such
actions of denying youth ID cards is counterproductive to fighting terrorism saying they
get vulnerable to joining extremist groups.
“We are asking president Uhuru for how long
will the Muslim community in this country be
subjected to discrimination. While other communities are preparing for the next general
elections and taking ID cards in masses, we
Muslims are struggling to get the documents.

Mumias Muslims want
included in county
Mumias Muslim residents have called on
Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya to
include them in the county’s development
The residents led by the Mumias Jamia
Mosque Committee chairman, Ismail Muchelule spoke on the need for inclusiveness in
matters of leadership and development.
Speaking at Mumias Muslim Primary school
grounds last week, Muchelule urged governor Oparanya to change tact and stop the
marginalization of the community instead
ensure their participation in county development programmes.
''We as Muslim leaders in Mumias sub-county campaigned and ensured Muslims here
voted for the governor in the 2013 elections
but since then the governor has not bothered
to include the Muslim community in development matters nor supported Muslim projects
in the county,'' lamented Muchelule.
Muchelule noted that the constitutional dispensation provides opportunities for people's
participation and stressed that Muslims,as
a minority community and important partner
should also be involved in governance and
development programmes in the county.
Musa Khatibu an official from the governor's
office who represented the governor at the
event assured that the county government
will support Muslim projects to supplement
the efforts of the Muslim community.
Speaking at the event, the chairman ButereMumias Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims
(SUPKEM) Sayyed Hassan told Muslim leaders in the region to embolden unity within the
Muslim community for social economic development.

Are we not Kenyans?” asked an infuriated Shaffie during a press briefing on
A 19-year-old student Muhammad
Abdalla who was present at the press
conference lamented about his unsuccessful struggles in obtaining the
document. His dreams of obtaining a
scholarship to study medicine in Sudan are on the brink as his ID application which he made in December last
year is still pending.
“I am expected to report for my studies
on August 20 and I cannot even apply
for a passport as I lack the ID,” he said
Statistics from the National Registration Bureau indicate that only 28, 614
people in North Eastern were issued
with new ID cards since 2013, the lowest figures in the country.Nyanza and
Western regions led with 304,965 and
285,582 new ID issuances followed by
South Rift with 276,825.
The figures further indicated that Central had 222,683 ID issuances, Coast
215,912, Ukambani 190,129, North
Rift 183,592, Upper Eastern 147,995
and Nairobi 126,340.

Tharaka Muslims urged to
participate in development
Muslims in Tharaka Nithi County have
been advised to work closely with other
local communities to enhance on development programmes.
The call was made by the Tharaka
Nithi women Representative Beatrice
Nkatha who urged Muslim residents
to join hands with their counterparts in
promoting the economic and social development agenda for the area.
Speaking at Chuka Jamia Mosque
grounds where she donated foodstuffs,
,Nkatha said Muslims as citizens and
tax-payers have a constitutional right
to participate in leadership and development programmes and urged them
not to shy away from participation in
development programmes.
On behalf of the Muslim residents,
Halima Abdi noted that Muslims do
not feel recognized by the county government as on several occasion they
have been sidelined and marginalized
in development programmes, adding
that Muslim activities are not included
in county government programmes nor
The residents called on Tharaka Nithi
county governor Samuel Ragwa to
include Muslims in the county government leadership so as to benefit from
the fruits of devolution as enshrined in
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We do not victimize Muslims, says
Thogoto College
The administration of Thogoto Teachers Training College in Kikuyu, Kiambu County has denied claims of victimization of Muslim
The principal maintained that it is the institutions’policy to treat all
students equally regardless of religious affiliation. “At no time have
we discriminated or treated Muslim students in an unfair manner.
We respect their faith,” said Naomi Kimotho in reaction to victimization claims made by some Muslim students which appeared recently in the Friday Bulletin.
She explained that the welfare of Muslim students was well catered for and they are provided with a place of prayer while female
students are allowed to wear the hijab. “During Ramadhan they
are provided with special arrangements at the time of breaking the
fast and during the pre-dawn meal,” she further explained.
“We believe that all people are the creation of God and there is
no reason for us to treat the unfairly,” added the Chaplain Rev.
Mary Wanjiru Gichuki during a meeting between the school management team and representatives from the Supreme Council of
Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) and Jamia Mosque Committee.
Following an incident which saw some Muslims students being
questioned by the police for alleged terrorism links, the students
wrote a complaint note to Jamia Mosque accusing the college administration of profiling the students on the basis of their faith.
While confirming the incident, the principal said the institution
was implementing a directive from the education ministry which
required that learners who report late for their studies should be
reported to the authorities. “The policy was put in place after the
Garissa University College attack and non-Muslims were among
the affected students,” Naomi said.
Speaking during the meeting, the Kiambu SUPKEM branch chairman Omar Abdallah Ngan’ga called for closer cooperation between the administration and Muslim organizations saying that
this will help in promoting mutual relations between the institution
and the students.


Africa Education and Development Trust (AEDT) is calling for
applications from those who are interested in pursuing POSTGRADUATE STUDIES – Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Masters
or PhD, but find themselves financially constrained.
whose objective is to promote the Academic Standards of the
society. It provides HALAL – Interest-free soft loans in an easy
to repay monthly installments.
• Be a Kenyan
• Have proof of a steady income through salary or self-employment
• Have secured admission in any institution of higher learning
that is recognized by the Commission for University Education
• Provide proof of ability to service the soft loan on monthly
• Be able to provide a collateral or an acceptable Guarantor
against the loan
If you satisfy the above requirements, then submit your application or make enquiries through:
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Twitter: @elimishatrust
Tel: +254 726 919 557; +254 726 919 711
Office Location: MIRAGE PLAZA. Right Wing, 2nd floor,
next to OiLibya Bellevue, Mombasa Road

Heart Pacemakers

Kenya‘s health care system is in crisis. More than half of the country has no access to proper health care and, of those that do, only
a small percentage live within a two-hour walk of a health care
One out of every 10 Kenyan children die before their fifth birthday.
Half of those die from diarrhea and malaria. Poor nutrition and
infections contribute to one of the highest maternal mortality rates
in the world. Today the world is invaded with more dangerous lifestyle diseases that were previously associated with age and family
income status. Now, it cuts across board that even children are
born with diabetes, hepatitis, heart failure and ulcers.
A charitable family has donated 10 pacemakers to Ummah Foundation as a measure of helping those who are in dire need of
these heart in-plants. We ask our brothers and sisters who have
been diagnosed by heart or cardiac specialists for these facilities
to come forward and be accorded the help they need. Pacemakers are expensive. Though some pacemaker manufacturers have
dropped the price down to Ksh. 120,000 in poorer countries, that’s
still out of reach for many. One to two million people die each
year because they don’t have access to this life-saving technology
especially in the third world countries. We should count ourselves
lucky that these facilities have been donated and it is our prayer
that many lives will be saved.
To date, Ummah Foundation is striving to invest in the health sector but the resources needed are not available and fourth coming.
With this kind of help and donations it is our hope that we can enhance our services to cover more areas. The pacemakers require
an operation and some few costs and history has shown that the
equipment can restore an ailing patient to full life expectations.
We should therefore encourage our patients and let them get in
contact with our offices for the process to start. We should also
emphasize the fact that the pacemakers are entirely free for those
who are deserve but the patient should be able to meet the operation cost. We should also understand that not all cardiac ailments
need a pacemaker, so this initiative is targeting particularly people
who heart specialists have recommended for pacemakers that the
costs do not exceed Ksh. 400,000.
These are only efforts to help the heart problem patients but we
believe the Muslim populace in this country can pull all our resources together to put up our own health facilities. We need to
put our concerted efforts together and give generously to make
this a five or referral health facility be a reality.
To be part of this heart pacemaker project and want to give your
donation conduct us:
Ummah Foundation
Village Plaza, 2nd Floor, Ngara Rd
P.O. Box 58717- 00200 Nairobi
Tel:020-2680610/13 Mob: 0734 845277


A leading private school in Machakos has the following vacancies.
Due to rapid growth, Alim High School requires teachers in all subjects including Sciences, Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, History,
Geography, Computer and Business Studies, IRE and Arabic. Applicants must be qualified teachers with a minimum of three years
experience and the ability, commitment and a proven track record
to produce even better results.
The school requires an individual with the qualifications of a Diploma in Nursing, to be responsible for the well being of the students. Applicants should be able to diagnose simple ailments and
prescribe appropriate treatment.
Applications must be sent to the
The Principal, Alim High School,
P.O.Box 234, Machakos

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